Medication-Assisted Treatment for Oxymorphone Addiction

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Understanding Oxymorphone Abuse

Understanding Oxymorphone Abuse Recovery

Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic that is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance. As the active ingredient in prescription pain medications, such as Opana IR, Numorphan, and Opana ER, this highly potent medication can cause extreme physical and psychological dependence. Opana ER is an extended relief prescription that is given to patients struggling with chronic pain who have already developed a tolerance for opioid-based medications. Individuals are given Opana IR (immediate release) when pain cannot be managed by Opana ER (extended relief).

Due to its highly addictive properties, oxymorphone use can lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Incorrectly using oxymorphone can cause low blood pressure, circulatory collapse, cardiac arrest, slowed heart rate, and death. Deaths associated with the abuse of oxymorphone have been on the rise over the past twenty years. Due to the powerful cravings for oxymorphone, as well as the intense withdrawal symptoms, individuals are unable to break free from its strong hold without the aid of professional assistance. Such assistance is available at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

Our dedicated professionals are here to help individuals overcome oxymorphone addiction. Through the use of medication-assisted treatment, we provide our patients with the tools necessary to achieve a sober life. By using specific medications (methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol, or Subutex) to interact with the brain’s receptors to curb cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms, individuals are able to focus on the psychological component of recovery to tackle the underlying problems that caused or are causing addictive behavior.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Oxymorphone Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Through a customizable approach, Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers offers outpatient services to individuals aged 18+ that have been struggling with an addiction to oxymorphone. By working with our highly trained and compassionate staff comprised of physicians, nurses, and counselors, individuals will be given the personalized treatment that is required for addiction-free living. The medical and therapeutic components that may be incorporated into treatment include:

Methadone: Methadone is an opioid agonist that works in conjunction with the brain receptors that are activated when oxymorphone is used. Methadone, however, does not create the euphoric high that is associated with oxymorphone abuse. Because of this, individuals are able to go about life in a normal manner without feeling the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that take place due to ceasing use of oxymorphone. Methadone is the most commonly used prescription given in medication-assisted treatment programs.

Suboxone: Approved to suppress cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Suboxone works by using naloxone and buprenorphine as its main ingredients. Once specific treatment goals have been met, individuals are able to take home multiple days worth of Suboxone rather then having to return to the clinic daily (such as those on methadone).

Subutex: Subutex works by preventing cravings and withdrawal symptoms by using buprenorphine as its main component. Unlike Suboxone, Subutex does not contain naloxone. Because naloxone is not part of Subutex, individuals are required to go to the treatment facility daily to obtain their dose. Many medication-assisted treatment programs will start patients out on Subutex and then use Suboxone for long-term maintence prior to full sobriety from all substances.

Vivitrol: Naltrexone hydrochloride is the active ingredient in Vivitrol that is used to prevent individuals from experiencing cravings for oxymorphone, as well as lowering any painful withdrawal symptoms that may take place. Vivitrol is a long-lasting option that is given monthly via injection in comparison to methadone, Subutex, and Suboxone, which are all daily oral doses.

Individual therapy: In order for treatment to be fully effective, the team at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers believes that the psychological side of addiction must also be treated as well. Individual therapy sessions take place in a safe environment between a counselor and patient. This time is used to work through issues that caused or are causing addictive behaviors. Clients can openly discuss their progress, as well as ask any questions that they may have regarding treatment, during this time.

Group therapy: Group therapy at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers allows individual patients a time to come together with others who are also struggling with oxymorphone or other types of addiction. These counselor-led sessions provide patients with a safe forum in which to discuss their setbacks and progress amongst others who genuinely understand addiction and the recovery process.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Oxymorphone Abuse

Addiction to oxymorphone is a deadly road to travel down. It not only affects the physical components of an individual, but the psychological side of life as well. Physically, oxymorphone is known to cause respiratory distress, cardiac arrest, and death if overdose takes place. Psychologically, oxymorphone consumes the life of the individual using it. This consumption can disrupt work, tarnish relationships, and cause financial stress. Oxymorphone takes over as being the main priority in an individual’s life and everything else falls behind its use. The overpowering intensity of oxymorphone addiction can be overwhelming. Many feel hopeless and lost once addiction has taken hold of their life, but hope does not have to be lost.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our trained staff who specialize in the field of addiction and recovery are here to help. Through therapeutic interventions and medication-assisted treatment, you can regain control of your life once again. Our dedicated experts are here to help you achieve the healthy, happy life that is within your reach.